As many of you know, I write open letters to celebrities. I say what I want, and I try and make it funny and light. However, today I have decided to write a letter to the CEO of Abercrombie. Many are familiar with his remarks about fat people.
I am fat. And it pissed me off.
Dear Mike Jeffries,
I am going to make the assumption that you are a smart man because you are a CEO. However, I am also going to assume that you are not that smart. Why is that? Well, your recent comments about the type of people you want shopping in your store, are some of most naive and insulting comments that I have ever read.
I am fat. My stomach, my arms, hell even my fingers are fat. My arms wave back to people. My thighs rub together. But that doesn’t make me a bad person or a not so cool kid.
I will not deny that I walk past Abercrombie stores and stare at the models and think ‘Dear God, he is hot!’. You Mr. Jeffries, may think because I tip the scale at over 250 pounds, that the boys with the six pack abs won’t even look at me. You are wrong. Not everyone is like you, they don’t see fat as being uncool or defining a person.
They recognize that there is a lot more to a person than the weight of their body.
Apparently you said in an interview, “he doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store. He wants thin and beautiful people. He doesn’t want his core customers to see people who aren’t as hot as them wearing his clothing. People who wear his clothing should feel like they’re one of the ‘cool kids.’”
I came to terms a long time ago that I wasn’t one of the cool kids. I wasn’t going to be out every Friday and Saturday night, I wasn’t going to be heading to dances, and I wasn’t going to sit at the head table at lunch. THEN I GREW UP. I embraced who I am. I moved forward.
I never let being fat define me and I never let it stop me from what I wanted to do.
I may not have been one of the ‘cool kids’. I may have been teased relentlessly by the kids at school. But I can pretty much tell you that I am one of the ‘cool kids’ now, and I don’t rock Abercrombie. I rock Lane Bryant and Old Navy. I interview celebrities and visit movie sets. I stand on red carpets. I get hired to do social media for various events and celebrities. I run some pretty successful websites.
I was interviewed by MTV a few weeks ago. How many of the ‘cool kids’ can tell me that happened to them. I attend premieres that people would kill to attend. And you know what, I did it all by being fat.
Being fat and not wearing Abercrombie hasn’t impaired my life. I know that I will encounter people like you daily who judge me for my weight. But stare and judge all you want – because me and my fat rolls will be moving on to bigger and better things.
You said “You don’t alienate anybody, you don’t excite anybody either.” Well you didn’t excite me. You pissed me off. And well you know what they say, there is nothing in the world worse than a woman scorn.
This Fat Fangirl
Our Favorite Things from Around the Web @pagetopremiere @thats_normal »
It’s that time again! Some fun links from around the web. It’s been a big week with ‘THE HOST’ news, and we were thrilled to be on the blue carpet. That was a good time. Here’s some links from friends we think you should be looking at.
I’m sorry to hear that you want to take a break — that you need to get reacquainted with yourself. I get it, you have been working for a long time, and you need to get some time with Ryan. We all want time with Ryan — so there is no way that I am hating on that.
I think that you’ll probably spend sometime directing, and maybe if we are lucky, you’ll go all Mickey Mouse Club on us and bring out your 6th Backstreet Boy member side. Wanna compete with Justin – see who has the biggest record of the year? Or maybe you are going to head off with your girlfriend Eva and procreate. It’s all good, cause some Gosling/Mendes babies will be gorgeous.
But don’t get mad at me Gos, cause I am okay with you leaving. I will be fine with you taking some time off. Cause there are a lot of pretty boys that can take your place. Don’t get me wrong, I love staring at your six pack abs. Emma was right – that shit looks photo shopped. But Gosling, there are a lot of handsome mens out there, that make the girls weak in the knees.
Should I tell you who they are? It’s so hard to narrow down the list. Continue Reading…
Fun Things From Around the Web (Including from our Friends @thats_normal, @pagetopremiere, and @hypable) »
Every week we are going to bring you some of our favorite links from around the Web. This will normally run on Fridays, and will from now on. But in case you have missed some of the good stuff, these are the things keeping us entertained.
ERIK ODOM: THE NEW CHRISTIAN GREY, BEST DANCER EVER OR YOUR NEW CRUSH? – Thats Normal
Expanded Look at Battle School for Summit Entertainments ‘Enders Game’ Movie – Enders Game Fansite
Normally, I don’t respond to readers, in the sense… if you have something negative to say, I don’t feel that it deserves a response. But I am going to respond to some comments that were made about my recent review of Beautiful Creatures. And I want to answer.
I am going to say this… I will not apologize for my thoughts, because I love this book. And I received a few comments about how could I disrespect the authors by supporting this movie? Well, I don’t feel that I am. I knew, I knew that the movie wasn’t going to be like the book, and I knew that from a long time ago. And I have said that from the beginning. I warned people that the book was different, and if you go in thinking you are getting the book, well then you are not going to get that. But if you put the book aside and you go in with an open mind, you will see this movie for what it is.
It is amazing.
I received a comment that asked how I could call myself a fan after seeing the movie, because it wasn’t true to the book. I get what that argument is… but at the movies heart, is it stays true to the book. It captures the heart of the story. It captures the love and the angst and the passion in its purest form.
The comment continued on and said I was disrespecting the authors by supporting this movie. And I have to say this.
I would never do that. I count Kami and Margie as two of the most amazing people that I have had the pleasure of meeting. They know how passionate I am about the book, the story, and this movie.
I don’t feel that supporting and loving this movie is a disrespect to the book or makes you any less of a fan. I feel like this movie was a great adaptation. I feel like when you sit down and watch Alden Ehrenreich on the screen, you can’t help but fall for him. Ethan in the book is one type of love, and then there is the Ethan in the movie.
I am telling you right now, the first time that I watched Beautiful Creatures, I fell in love over again. I love Ethan Wate. When I read the books, I wanted to create a boy that was just as amazing as him. And I can not imagine anyone better to play Ethan Wate then Alden. I have had the pleasure of meeting him personally, and he’s that guy that can make you feel like you are the most beautiful girl in the room, even though you are standing next to Emmy Rossum. He ooses charm. And the Ethan that he plays makes you believe in love. He makes you believe in that guy that will fight for you, that will hold you, that will never give up on you, even when you have given up on yourself.
Sure, I wanted more Ridley and Link. I wanted to see the prom scene. There were things I wanted. But you can’t bring everything from the book to the movie. And I believe they captured the heart of the story.
Beautiful Creatures is an amazing movie. And I will stand by that. You don’t have to agree with me. But I believe that you should give this movie a chance. You should go into that theater and you should watch it, and you should give yourself a chance to be claimed. This movie is beautiful and pretty amazing.
This movie has a solid story, solid acting, is beautifully shot.
I’m proud of the movie. I love it. And I am seeing a lot of people that do to. Please, let us know what you think.
We’re putting another fans review below, and if you know anything, Cassidy Tuck is like us. A great fan of the books.
And if you don’t agree with me, you can feel free to email me. I will listen and I will answer everything.
So Here’s to 2012 & Everything We Get to Share in 2013! »
It’s the last day of 2012, and what an insane year it has been. Things have happened this year that we never could have thought of. It’s just the beginning for us, and it’s crazy.
This year started out for us with THE HUNGER GAMES. We can’t even begin to thank Lionsgate. We attended The Hob and the Premiere. We were able to hang out with fans, meet Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, had our pictures on websites, attend the Hunger Games premiere. And that doesn’t even begin to cover the craziness. We have been blessed.
We thought that would be the biggest thing to happen to us all year, but that turned out to just be the beginning.
We visited the sets of Enders Game, Beautiful Creatures, and The Mortal Instruments movies. We attended Comic Con. We flew to New York to attend New York Comic Con, and were amazed when Alden Ehrenreich remembered who we were. We attended the Twilight Saga premiere and The Hunger Games premiere. We have been to several screening, hung out at some studios, and interviewed some great actors and actresses. Someone pinch us, because this doesn’t all seem real. Seriously, is this real life?
When we sit down and look back at it, it’s amazing to us, because we never expected it. We just have a love of books, and share it with as many people as we can.
And the great thing is we get to actually share all of our adventures with you this year.
Starting in January, we’ll be able to share with you our set visit to WARM BODIES, and pictures of us dressed as Zombies. Our scene didn’t make the movie, but we were there. We’ll get to bring you more stuff from our set visits, plus some amazing things that are already coming in to play for this year. Things just keep looking up.
We’d like to thank you all for taking this ride with us! Here’s to an amazing 2013! We can’t wait to share it with you.
Dear Summit Entertainment (and now effectively, Lionsgate Films),
A long.. LONG time ago, you acquired the movie rights to a little known book called ‘If I Stay’ by Gayle Forman. The book slowly, but surely, gained popularity and more people became fascinated with the idea of seeing it brought to the silver screen.
There were even some rumors that pre-production was moving foward with a casting of Dakota Fanning as Mia. *shudders*
And then.. NOTHING. Nada. Zilch. It’s like the notion dropped off the face of the earth.
I get it. Focus was shifted towards ‘The Twilight Saga’, amongst other films but seriously, what happened? Was there not enough of a fan base? The thought of Dakota playing Mia too much? WHAT WAS IT?
Take the time and go read some of the reviews of ‘If I Stay’ and it’s sequel, ‘Where She Went’ on Goodreads. The top reviews are 4 to 5 stars. Hell, I’ll even share my own review of ‘Where She Went’ with you here.
I feel you are doing the world a disservice by not bringing these characters to the screen, especially that of Adam, Mia’s boyfriend in the books. Words can not express how much I cried at just this one line:
“Please Mia,” he implores. “Don’t make me write a song.”
While we’re being honest here, I cried so hard in BOTH books. While ‘If I Stay’ brought out the sobs through it’s many beautiful words and imagery, ‘Where She Went’ rounded up the books perfectly while staying true to it’s realistic world and characters.
Is this the end, Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate? Will we ever see the green light to go forward with ‘If I Stay’ since you seem to now be the ‘YA Studio’?
A girl whose tear ducts will never be the same and lover of Marionberry pie.